The Medicine Hat Tigers are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Tiger great Tom Lysiak.
Former NHL All-Star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia at the age of 63.
News of the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s death, due to meningitis as well as kidney and liver failure, came hours after another former NHL standout, Tom Lysiak of the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, was reported to have died at age 63.
MacLeish’s death was acknowledged Tuesday morning by the Flyers.
“With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” Flyers president Paul Holmgren said on a statement on the team’s website. “A good father, grandfather, teammate and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”
MacLeish spent 12 seasons with the Flyers starting in 1970-71, winning the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ‘75.
Although he put up solid numbers during the regular season — in 741 games he had 697 points, good for fourth on the list of career scoring leaders with the Flyers — he was better known for his playoff performances. He is tied with Bill Barber for most career playoff goals (53) in franchise history, had a team-best 10 career game-winning goals in the post-season and ranks fourth with 105 point in 108 playoff games.
“Ricky was a special player for the Flyers,” Barber said. “He always came up with scoring the big goals and he was instrumental helping us win two Stanley Cups. He will be greatly missed.”
Lysiak, meanwhile, died of leukemia in Roswell, Ga., three years after being diagnosed with the disease. He played 13 seasons with Atlanta and Chicago, recording 292 goals and 551 assists in 919 games.